“And today we want to show our love solidarity and support for the Palestinian people in Gaza, indeed most of them are also refugees. All of them have a right to a life of dignity and beauty.
“As citizens of the UK, we are very aware of the role our country has played in shaping the history of the region,” he continued. “Like most people we believe in peace and justice over violence and oppression.
“The crisis for Palestinians everywhere is most evident with the horrific violence and loss of life we have been witnessing in Gaza these past weeks. Massive Attack have always supported the Palestinian people in their struggle. We are therefore honoured to be working with these young people, and with the Hoping Foundation that serves them.”
The band, who have long been vocal in their solidarity with the Palestinians in Gaza, used their headline slot at Byblos Festival to highlight the widening humanitarian crisis caused by the conflict in Israel.
A lit-up message behind the performers said: “Gaza has been ocupied or under restrictions since 1948.”
The recent acts of war in Israel and Gaza has seen over 1,500 Palestinians killed, many of which have been civilian casualties.
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